Jay Pickett has died. He was 60 years old.
The actor, best known for his roles in Port Charles, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives, died while on the set of his new film, his agent confirmed to Variety.
Director of Treasure Valley, on which the soap star served as both writer and producer, Travis Mills, shared he died "suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene". "There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack," he added in the statement on the film's official Facebook page.
"As so many of us know, Jay was an incredible man. He was kind, sweet, and generous. He was one of the best actors I ever worked with and it was an honour to collaborate with him. Everyone who met him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit. It is difficult to find the words right now to say more. His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent," the statement concluded.
Jay Pickett began his career in acting in the '80s before landing his first big role as Dr Chip Lakin on Days of Our Lives in 1991. He went on to star as Frank Scanlon on the General Hospital spin-off series Port Charles, before appearing in General Hospital as Lorenzo Alcazar, and later, Detective David Harper. He also appeared in Dexter, Queen Sugar, Desperate Housewives and NCIS: Los Angeles over the years.